Thanksgiving Redeemed

It took me two whole days to shake the funk of Thanksgiving. That’s unusual for me. Normally, my natural optimism combines with coffee to right my rose-colored glasses within a few hours of their falling askew.

But this funk? It had tentacles. It dug in. It held fast.

After another walk through the woods, a good night’s sleep (well, as good as I’m going to get with a six-month-old who’s growing teeth) and some heart-to-hearts with God, I decided this particular mood was resting heavy on me so I would learn something.

The lesson is: I don’t want to let another holiday slip by without me being intentional about celebrating it for the right reasons – both for myself and my children. I don’t want our family memories to include only presents and fireplaces and good food. I want memories with meaning.

Enter Ann Voskamp’s brand new Jesse Tree Advent devotional. It popped up yesterday in my Google reader, and I was overcome with grace.

We haven’t done a Jesse Tree until now. But I think this devotional and a few paper ornaments and a small tree and a lot of prayer will do a world of good to soothe the ache in my soul and keep the Christmas season honest this year.

What about you? If you’ve done a Jesse Tree in the past, do you have any tips or suggestions? Or do you have other Christmas traditions in your family that point to Jesus?


  1. How interesting! I hadn't heard of a Jesse tree until last night. We have a Craft night/hanging of the greens at church on the 1st Sunday of advent and one of the classes did a Jesse tree. Now I read your blog today and it seems like I'm definitely being led to start this tradition in our house.

  2. I printed this off last night for us to do too! I am so excited! In fact, I'm going out to see if I can score a small inexpensive tree today! I will say a prayer for you and your family today! May you feel Him ever so near this Christmas and may our hearts be more in tune to His!!

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  5. So after you posted this on FB I printed all of these out and it. is. AWESOME. I'm amazed that it's free because it. is. AWESOME.

    Now if I can just cut out the ornaments and start actually reading it to my children, it will certainly. be. awesome.